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| Over at ZDNet, Microsoft employee John Carroll makes the case that
| his company?s monopolistic tactics over the past decade have in
| fact benefited our industry, and cites Internet Explorer as an
| example. Without preinstalling Internet Explorer, he says, how
| would anyone download Firefox? How would open-source markets grow?
| So let me stop here and say, on behalf of Firefox users
| everywhere: thank you.
| I also have a note here from the pop-up ad industry. They would
| like to thank Microsoft for allowing their market to boom while
| the IE team sunbathed in Maui for the past four years.
| Sarcasm aside, the truth is that many people, I among them, never
| really took issue with the idea of preinstalling a browser on Windows.
| It would be pretty silly to buy a computer today that couldn?t access
| the Internet. We take issue with how Microsoft flagrantly strong-armed
| OEMs to leave out or marginalize competing browsers, such as Netscape.
| As far as I know, Netscape also allowed people to...download things.